Also known as cuban snapper.
- Dark brown or gray in color, possibly with a red hue and pale bars on sides
- Triangle-shaped vomerine tooth patch
- Thick, heavy lips Strong canine teeth found in both jaws, one pair visible when mouth closed
Similar Species: Gray snapper, L. griseus (has anchor-shaped tooth patch on roof of mouth)
Size: Up to 125 pounds and common to 40 pounds
Coastal waters near structure. Juveniles found in estuarine areas.
Among largest snapper species. Not common. Feed on fishes and larger crustaceans. Spawning occurs in the late summer in the Keys.
State Record: 116 lb, caught near Clearwater
Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles